Liberal MPs Alex Hawke and Philip Ruddock have been safely returned to their seats of Mitchell and Berowra respectively. ISABELL PETRINIC and JADE WITTMANN report.
Re-elected Mitchell MP Liberal Alex Hawke has gained 72.43 per cent of the votes so far, versus 67.16 per cent last election.
The weekend result represented a swing of 5.27 per cent, with one polling place yet to return results.
Mr Hawke received 48,848 of the 79,147 first preference votes — a swing of 3.21 per cent.
His Labor opponent Andrew Punch received 15,297.
"Thank you to the residents of Mitchell for their overwhelming support," Mr Hawke said.
"We will immediately act to reduce the red tape burden on our businesses, large, medium and small.
"We will abolish the carbon tax and mining taxes and we will get our borders under control.
"We will make Australia stronger and better and we won't let you down."
Gracious in defeat, Labor candidate Andrew Punch congratulated Mr Hawke on his success.
Mr Punch gained 27.57 per cent of the votes on Saturday, compared to 32.84 per cent last election.
"The Coalition has stated that they support the Better Schools program and Disability Care; I call on Alex Hawke to champion these programs, which have bipartisan support and will benefit residents of Mitchell," Mr Punch said.
Philip Ruddock gained 68.96 per cent of votes, representing a swing of 2.76 per cent.
The emphatically returned Liberal Member for Berowra spent Saturday night at his Pennant Hills home.
"I am so honoured that the voters in Berowra have seen fit to return me as their local member and I look forward to serving them," he said.
"I think the issues that mattered locally were those that mattered nationally: cost of living being the most important for many.
"The Australian people have given us a great trust, and the hard work now begins to deliver on our commitments.
"I am particularly looking forward to consolidating the commencement of work on the F3/M2 missing link, and seeing the repeal of the carbon tax."
Labor candidate Michael Stove, who received 31 per cent of the vote, congratulated Mr Ruddock.
"Ruddock's win was impressive for someone who did not campaign this year — his experience was instead used in mentoring Tony Abbott on the campaign trail over Australia," he said.
"From my interaction with the community I envisaged there would be a greater appreciation for the positives that Labor has provided to Australia such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, rollout of the NBN, the provision of jobs and strengthening economy."